Definition of reconstruct verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    reconstruct

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˌriːkənˈstrʌkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːkənˈstrʌkt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they reconstruct
    BrE BrE//ˌriːkənˈstrʌkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːkənˈstrʌkt//
     
    he / she / it reconstructs
    BrE BrE//ˌriːkənˈstrʌkts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːkənˈstrʌkts//
     
    past simple reconstructed
    BrE BrE//ˌriːkənˈstrʌktɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːkənˈstrʌktɪd//
     
    past participle reconstructed
    BrE BrE//ˌriːkənˈstrʌktɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːkənˈstrʌktɪd//
     
    -ing form reconstructing
    BrE BrE//ˌriːkənˈstrʌktɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌriːkənˈstrʌktɪŋ//
     
    Historic buildings, Construction
     
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  1. 1reconstruct something (from something) to build or make something again that has been damaged or that no longer exists Old London Bridge was bought by an American and reconstructed in the US. They have tried to reconstruct the settlement as it would have been in Iron Age times. See related entries: Historic buildings, Construction
  2. 2reconstruct something to be able to describe or show exactly how a past event happened, using the information you have gathered Investigators are trying to reconstruct the circumstances of the crash.
  3. Extra examples It is not possible to reconstruct the complete symphony from these manuscript sketches. Local historians have reconstructed from contemporary descriptions how the hall may have looked in 1300. They plan to reconstruct the settlement as it would have been in Iron Age times.
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